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Google under threat as forked Android devices rise to 20% of smartphone shipments

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Android dominates the world’s smartphone market. A new report from analyst firm Strategy Analytics pegs the Google-owned operating system’s global market share at 85 percent. That means that nearly nine in ten phones shipped are built on Android.

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Sony gives up on PlayStation Mobile for Android

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Sony has announced that it will no longer support the Android side of PlayStation Mobile, its initiative to support cross-platform indie game publishing for the PS Vita and Google's OS. The service will continue to operate on PlayStation Certified devices running Android 4.4.2 and below, but from Android 4.4.3 and up, Sony can't guarantee that games will play correctly or that users will be able to access the store. Phones and tablets on Android L, the upcoming major refresh, won't have store access at all, and Sony says it has no plans to give any more devices PlayStation Certified status.

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Ugoos reveals Cortex-A5 Android 4.4 TV dongle

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Linux

Ugoos is prepping an Android 4.4 “S85″ media player dongle with a quad-core Amlogic S805 Cortex-A5 SoC clocked to 1.5GHz, and a quad-core Mali-450 GPU.

Ugoos has spun a variety of Android media player boxes and dongles over the last few years, including a UT3 box, featuring Rockchip’s quad-core, Cortex-A17 RK3288 system-on-chip with a 16-core Mali-T760 GPU, now selling for $130. Before that was the Ugoos UT2, with the quad-core, Cortex-A9 RK3188 SoC clocked to 1.6GHz, with a Mali-400 GPU. Last year, the Chinese company introduced a dongle-style UM2 stick, running on the same RK3188 and Mali-400 GPU.

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Web app dev kit supports Android and Ubuntu

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Development
Linux
Ubuntu

Toshiba Electronics has introduced two starter kits for early development of web applications using the Toshiba TZ5000 Application Processor Lite (ApP Lite) series.

The RBTZ5000-2MA-A1 and RBTZ5000-6MA-A1 starter kits provide drivers for internet applications using HTML5.

Both kits provide drivers for video playback using Wireless LAN and HDMI output, with the RBTZ5000-2MA-A1 on Ubuntu Linux, and the RBTZ5000-6MA-A1 on an Android 4.4 platform.

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CyanogenMod CM11 M9 released and ready to install

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August is here and just like clockwork CyanogenMod have released a new version of CM11. For those of you unaware CyanogenMod recently changed the way in which they list downloads. Until recently CM was always released as either stable, snapshot (mostly stable) or nightlies (experimental and buggy) versions. However CM11 over the last few months have used an ‘M’ release system which instead simply refers to ‘milestone’. The M releases are technically snapshots but are considerably more stable than nightlies and are considered to be suitable for main or daily usage.

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Android users MORE ACTIVE than iOS fanbois for the first time

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Android has raced past iOS to become the top mobile operating system for the first time.

Figures from Net Applications show that devices powered by Android were used more than iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices running iOS throughout July 2014.

The mobile OS usage number is particularly striking since Android is already so dominant in terms of devices: it runs on 85 per cent of handsets sold compared with iOS just 11.9 per cent. It seems fanbois are apparently much more active as users.

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Moto G Problems From Android 4.4 KitKat Update: Battery Drain, Airplane Mode Problems

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Gadgets

Way back before the Motorola Moto G wasn't even released yet, the company devised a plan to get ahead of its competitors. Upon release of the Moto G, the phone was equipped with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean but the OS was quickly amped up to the Android 4.4 Kitkat.

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Why the Android One Program is a Revolutionary Initiative for Developing Countries

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Google I/O started off on high note and ended making a lot of Nexus users happy. Pure Android lovers who bragged about their Nexus device got even more bragging rights. Android L with a brand new design and a lot of under-the-hood changes has given Android the revamp it needed. The release is one more step towards fighting off the fragmentation problem that has been plaguing Android for years. Also with L, Android might finally manage to overthrow iOS in areas that Apple has been constantly dominating. Besides this being a "fix what's weak" release for Google, the conference had another less-noticed gem that might bring more users to the search giant: Android One.

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Let's Use Linux and Android SDK for Better Android App Development

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Linux
HowTos

I wish to encourage modern android app developers to use open source OS Linux and latest Android SDK for better Android app development so development would be cost-effective as well as quick to reach as early as possible to the market. Therefore, I have given good hints in this post for newbie as well as seasoned Android developers.

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VolksPC wants to crowdfund an Android/Debian Linux PC

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Debian

The folks at VolksPC started showing off a software solution that lets you run Android and Debian Linux simultaneously on an ARM-based computer. This lets you use the same machine to run full desktop Linux apps like LibreOffice or Firefox as well as Android apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and any number of video games.

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